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Lower United Methodist Church
Wednesday Message
August 31, 2022

 

John 15:1-2, ““I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”

Every year you can see beautiful flowers in the prayer garden at our church. It is a great joy and blessing for us to be able to see it. Looking at those flowers, we can take a break and enjoy this beauty that God has made. Unfortunately, the flowers do not last long. The flower withers and soon dies.

Sometimes our lives are like this. There are things that make our lives beautiful. Our youth, our health, our business, our successes, our achievements, our honor, our status. But soon we will experience those times disappearing. Just as petals fall one by one, we experience the petals of our lives falling one by one. At that time, as we remember the past, we miss the moments that were like flowers.

However, where the flower has fallen, it begins to bear fruits. In other words, flowers must wither in order to bear fruit.

We all experience moments in our lives when flowers fall. We may not like it at that moment. But it will be the time when God wants us to bear fruits in our lives. The process will not be easy. But it will be the time for us to experience more of the grace and love of God pouring out upon us.

What flowers make your life beautiful? Was there a moment when you experienced that flower withering? What grace has God poured out on you at that moment? And what kind of fruit did you come to bear?

Pastor Yosub Namgung

Reading for this week: September One Year Bible Readings - One Year Bible Online
 

 
 
Please pray for:

Glenda Brooks - in rehabilitation, continued prayer for strength

Sally Belle Benedetti - surgery for pacemaker, pray for healing

Nicole Savage - now at home, pray for healing

Amy Kellogg - stage 2 breast cancer

Unspoken - testing

LouAnn and family after loss of family members

Paige and Jay - trying to have a baby

All students, teachers, administrators and support staff as a new school year begins

Family of W. D. Edwards who passed away

Youth of our community and getting them back to Sunday School

Family of Nellie Jane Harrow who passed away

Ron Sheffield - upcoming medical procedures

Marlene Bresee - operating for brain tumor 8/31
 


Save The Date

Mark your calendars and plan to join us after worship on Sunday, September 18th for a brief New Members Reception
in the Fellowship Hall.  


Cards and Notes Appreciated


Cathy Brown, daughter of James Hodges, has let us know that he is currently in Hospice Care.  For those who would like to send a card or note, his address is:

1 Rock Moore Lane
Singal Mountain TN 37377

 

 
      
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